City Matters: Weekly COVID-19 Bulletin March 26

City Matters: COVID-19 Bulletin March 26

In this newsletter:

  • City closes Breakwater Park beach area and Gord Downie Pier
  • Variants of concern in KFL&A
  • Section 22 Order extended until April 30, 2021
  • Ontario's online COVID-19 vaccine booking tool

City news

City closes Breakwater Park beach area and Gord Downie Pier
  • Based on the recommendation of KFL&A Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, the City closed the beach area of Breakwater Park and Gord Downie Pier to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the community.
  • Kingston Police and the City’s Bylaw Enforcement team are enforcing current regulations under the Province’s orders (see the Province’s announcement), the Section 22 Order issued by KFL&A Public Health and this new Breakwater Park/Gord Downie Pier closure order. Please call Kingston Police’s non-emergency number to report gatherings of concern at 613-549-4660.

News from community partners

Variants of Concern are Cause of Over 40 Per Cent of New COVID-19 Cases in KFL&A
  • Dr. Moore has confirmed that 42.1 per cent of cases reported within KFL&A in the last 7-day period ending on March 18 are variants of concern and provincially, Ontario is reporting 2380 new cases, a sharp rise in total cases with an average provincial variant positivity of 49.1 per cent (same time period).
  • KFL&A Public Health recommends adherence to these strategies.
    • Access asymptomatic testing if you have travelled or had visitors from outside our region to detect positive COVID-19 cases early.
    • Isolate for at least 10 days if you have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 and isolate for at least 14 days if you've had a high risk contact, including any household contacts. Variants of concern are more infectious; the province now recommends individuals around someone exposed to this virus should stay home. Refer to the Section 22 Class Order to enforce self-isolation requirements in KFL&A region for more information on how to safely self-isolate.
    • Have no more than 5 people in social gatherings indoors and outdoors within the City of Kingston as per The Section 22 Class Order to limit social gatherings (see section below for more information).
Section 22 Order extended until April 30, 2021
  • KFL&A Public Health has revised and extended the Section 22 Order with the main focus on continuing to prohibit gatherings of more than 5 persons, and lifted several restrictions on businesses where public health measures are already in place to keep the community safe.
  • Social gatherings include recreational activities such as functions, parties, dinners, or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, that are not monitored or staffed by a business or organization.
  • The social gathering limit does not apply to members of the same household (which may include a caregiver or single individual who has exclusive contact with the household).
Ontario’s online COVID-19 vaccine booking tool available
  • If you are eligible to schedule an appointment book online: 
  • If you require assistance with booking, have a red and white health card, or have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, call: 1-888-999-6488, open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • If you do not have a health card, email address or phone number call 343-477-0172; open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please DO NOT contact KFL&A Public Health’s main line to inquire about booking appointments, vaccine information, or to check eligibility requirements.
  • Residents are being asked to follow local news sources and/or KFL&A Public Health’s Twitter feed (follow @KFLAPH or visit, so that they will be aware when they are eligible to book.
For more information visit or and follow KFL&A Public Health’s Twitter feed at @KFLAPH or visit

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